Samantha Leal Deputy Editor

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, where she edits and oversees the site's content with a focus on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

She grew up in South Bend, Indiana (go Notre Dame!) and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before setting out for New York City. Her work has been published by TheAtlantic.com, Glamour.com, Refinery29.com and more.

When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading (YA novels, mostly), watching too many YouTube videos and writing short stories. You can follow her on Twitter at @samanthajoleal and read her style and music blog at notesonstyle.com.

Favorite Latina fashionista: Nicole Richie

The Latino celeb I'd want to be best friends with: Selena Gomez

My first celebrity crush: Mike Vitar aka Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez from the movie The Sandlot.

Something people don't know about me: I have a phobia of needles and blood.

Guilty pop culture addiction: Anything on The CW.

My Latina Role Model: Salma Hayek

Fun Memory from My First Day at Latina: My first day was a blur!

Two words that describe Elvis Crespo: Very interesting…

If I met Jennifer Lopez, I would: be a total fangirl. I've loved her since she was a fly girl on 'In Living Color'

Latino artist on my iPod right now: Pitbull

Favorite Interview with a Latino Celeb: Daddy Yankee or Adriana Lima

Favorite Latin dish: Mexican chorizo tacos

Favorite Spanish-Language Song: Como La Flor - Selena Quintanilla

Proudest Moment as a Latino: When the Wise Latina herself, Sonia Sotomayor, was named to the Supreme Court.

WATCH: This Video of Kids Dancing Begs the Question - Have We Gone Too Far?
WATCH: This Video of Kids Dancing Begs the Question - Have We Gone Too Far?

Wow. Just wow. A video of two young kids dancing, ahem, grinding on each other to music has gone viral and is frankly making us uncomfortable. The duo are groovin' to reggaeton, and not only that, but adults are surrounding them -- cheering, laughing and videotaping the event. All we can say is: god help us. Watch the video and let us know: have you seen anything like this? Would you let your kids dance like this? 

 


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Jennifer Lopez at the Versace fashion show during Paris Fashion Week
The 6 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From store openings to Paris Fashion Week, our stars looked amazing this week. Take a peek at the most stylin' of them all:


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Eva Longoria at Cannes Film Festival
8 Summer Styles to Keep The Hair Off Your Neck

It’s hot. It’s sweaty. It’s sticky. It’s summer! As the temperatures rise, keep your style cool as a cucumber by trying one of these easy styles inspired by your favorite celebs. (Because a top-knot only goes so far.)


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USA Today Columnist Gives Horrific Idea For How to Deal With Child Immigrants
USA Today Columnist Gives Horrific Idea For How to Deal With Child Immigrants

Oh, boy. DeWayne Wickham, a columnist for USA Today, has written a new op-ed for the publication on what to do with the influx children migrants as they continue to be detained in facilities after crossing the border. His solution? Move them to Guatanamo Bay.


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The 6 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!
The 6 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From fashion parties to award show red carpets, our stars looked sensational this week. Take a look at the most stylish celebs:


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Becky G Shower
Official Song of the Summer? Becky G's "Shower" Will Have You Singing Along

Talk about catchy. The mexicana Becky G has release her newest single "shower," and it's definitely got us singing along. Perfect for pool parties (or gross sweaty subway rides where all you want is to jump in a shower), the song makes us smile and the video is cute to boot. Watch below and let us know -- will this be your summer anthem?


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LaLa Anthony attends The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II
Exclusive Outtakes From La La Anthony's August 2014 Cover Shoot!

Want more of our August 2014 cover star La La? Check out these exclusive quotes from her cover shoot and don't miss the rest of her interview on newsstands July 8!


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Always Hits It Out of the Park (Like a Girl) In This Incredible Ad
Always Hits It Out of the Park (Like a Girl) In This Incredible Ad

PREACH, ALWAYS, PREACH. This new video ad by Always looks at what it means to do anything "like a girl." Older kids and adult actors were told to fight, run and throw "like a girl," while young girls were told the same thing. The difference? Huge. Watch the video and let us know what you think!


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The Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!
The Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

Summer generally means sweaty, sticky heat and a very limiting wardrobe. But these stars managed to stay gorgeous even in the summer heat. Take a look at the most stylish stars!


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Naya Rivera at the People's Choice Awards
Naya Rivera Releases Directorial Debut With PSA For Immigrant Heritage Month

Naya Rivera can now add "director" to her resume, as she unveiled her newest creative effort: a PSA for the first-ever Immigrant History Month. The nationwide effort, which runs for the month of June, worked to showcase and gather inspirational stories of immigration in America.

The video, which shows an envelope being passed from person to person, highlights everyones backgrounds and immigration stories. 


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